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Pair charged with practicing psychology without a license


The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against Susanna Dimmitt
and David Rosprim of Grass Valley for practicing psychology without a
license.

The charges stem from a joint investigation launched by the Medical Board of California Enforcement Program and the California Board of Psychology after a citizen complaint about treatment received by Dimmitt and Rosprim, said Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson.

“The board received a complaint from person who at some point during their therapy realized the person was not licensed,” said Gina Bayless, the enforcement program coordinator for the state Board of Psychology.

Bayless said it was her understanding that Dimmitt and Rosprim were practicing together; she would not provide any further information about the complaint that precipitated the investigation.

“They were providing psychological services, and to practice psychology, you need to be a licensed psychologist,” Bayless said. “If you are providing therapy and you are advertising psychological services, that requires a license ... If you are treating mental disorders, it does require someone who is educated and skilled in providing those services.”

Therapists are licensed like any other health-care provider, Bayless explained, adding that a doctoral degree is required, as well as passing an exam and a certain number of hours of supervised professional experience.

Dimmitt and Rosprim were booked into county jail and released on Nov. 2; the case is set for continued arraignment at 9 a.m. Dec. 17 in Nevada County Superior Court.

The DA’s Office encouraged victims to contact Ferguson at (530) 265-1301.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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